Movies/TV

Horror News Network’s Summer 2019 Movie Preview Guide

After a rather lackluster spring, studios are ready to start churning out horror films for the starving, sweating masses this summer.  At least eight films in the horror genre are slated for release in June, July, and August this year (a slight increase from year’s past) in hopes that one or two can capture the attention of movie-goers who are already worn out by sequels and mega-budget action and sci-fi epics.

Horror fans have a lot to choose from this summer; everything from classic 1980’s remakes (Child’s Play), another entry from the ever-popular Conjurverse (Annabelle Comes Home), giant critters with a taste for human flesh (Crawl, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged), Ari Aster’s creepy follow-up to last year’s critical smash Hereditary (Midsommar), and a host of supernatural and survival horror originals. read more

Official Trailer Arrives for ‘The Banana Splits Movie’

The beloved Banana Splits crew of Bingo, Fleegle, Snorky, and Drooper are set to make a return like you have never seen them before. Directed by Danishka Esterhazy of Level 16 fame, this reimagining of the Hanna-Barbera classic takes the classic series and adds a heaping amount of horror.

Here’s the films official synopsis:
A boy named Harley and his family (brother Austin, mother Beth, and father Mitch) attends a taping of The Banana Splits TV show, which is supposed to be a fun-filled birthday for young Harley and business as usual for Rebecca, the producer of the series. But things take an unexpected turn — and the body count quickly rises. Can Harley, his mom and their new pals safely escape? read more

Burger King Unveils ‘Stranger Things’ Upside Down Burger

Burger King joins the ever-expanding promotional partner list for Netflix’s Stranger Things season three with an official “Upside Down Burger”.

The limited-edition burger will hit the following cities on June 21: Miami, Houston, Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.  There will only be eleven locations in total (get it?) featuring the burger (which in any reality is just a traditional Whopper served upside down, so just in case you can’t get to one of these locations, you can replicate the Hawkins National Laboratory experiment on your own with a simple flip). read more

‘True Fiction’: The Horror News Network Review

Coming off of its world premiere at the Brazilian genre festival Fantaspoa, writer and director Branden Croft unveils his latest thriller/horror hybrid called True Fiction. The third feature from Croft, True Fiction tells the story of twenty-something writer Avery (Sara Garcia), who lands her dream job as an assistant to her favorite horror author and inspiration Caleb Conrad (John Cassini). In the spirit of films like Misery, Audition, and even shadows of Saw, we see a terrifying character study of fear, obsession, isolation, and fandom, brought to disturbing life. Starring a stellar ensemble cast including actors Julian Black Antelope (Hold the Dark) and Julian Richings (Man of Steel, Supernatural, The Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh), True Fiction is a well-rounded film with potential; but it falters once it moves from a psychological thriller to a full on horror film. read more

‘Spawn’ Artist Jason Shawn Alexander: The Horror News Network Interview

Not many people in May of 1992 would have believed that a character that debuted as one of the cornerstones of an upstart comic book company, Image Comics, would make it all the way to 2019 with 300 issues of his flagship title alone.  Spawn (and his creator Todd McFarlane) became synonymous with Image Comics and fans have continued to support the title due to their love for the dark character that straddled the line between super hero and horror film conventions.

The intricate, instantly recognizable artwork of Todd McFarlane and Greg Capulo immediately captured fans’ attention since the comic’s beginnings, and many accomplished artists have followed in their stead.  Since 2017, Eisner-nominated illustrator Jason Shawn Alexander has handled the art duties, and as we near the 300th issue of Spawn, Horror News Network reached out to Alexander to get his take on the milestone, as well as his contributions to the Spawn legacy. read more

Nickelodeon Bringing Back ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ as a Limited Series

Following the unfortunate news of losing IT screenwriter Gary Dauberman, Are You Afraid of the Dark? as a film has been put on the back burner for now, however Deadline brings word that the show will be brought back this coming October as limited series to the network where it began for viewers in the USA, Nickelodeon.

Continuing the tradition of a group of friends, known as The Midnight Society, gathering around a campfire to tell scary stories every Saturday night, the upcoming horror anthology will be aired as three one-hour long episodes. read more

‘3 From Hell’ Teaser Trailer Arrives

It looks as if even a barrage of gunfire can’t keep the Firefly Family down. This morning Rob Zombie revealed the teaser trailer for 3 From Hell today via his official Instagram account featuring Captain Spaulding, Otis and Baby. While the 50-second trailer didn’t reveal too much, it gives us many flashback scenes to House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects.

In addition to Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Sheri Moon Zombie all returning to reprise their roles, 3 From Hell also includes Emilio Rivera, Danny Trejo, Clint Howard, Richard Brake, Daniel Roebuck, Dee Wallace, Sean Whalen, and Jeff Daniel Phillips. read more

‘Ma’ Continues to Impress at Box Office; ‘Godzilla: King of The Monsters’ Flames Out

While Universal’s Ma won’t reach the financial heights of Godzilla: King of Monsters, when all is said and done this summer, the Octavia Spencer lead thriller may be the more profitable of the two films.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters fell into fourth place, dropping the entire length of a skyscraper (a -67.5% drop from last week) for an estimated $15.5 million in its second weekend.  For comparison’s sake, 2014’s relaunch dropped a similar amount, but it also made over $30 million during its second weekend of release.  This fact could hinder the sequel’s chance for $100 million in the domestic market which currently stands at $78.6 million. read more

Sigourney Weaver to Return as Dana Barrett in New ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel

Director Jason Reitman has maintained a code of silence about the possibility of any iconic actors of the original Ghostbusters franchise returning to his highly-anticipated 2020 sequel, but Sigourney Weaver just let something incredible slip in an interview with Parade Magazine: Dana Barrett’s back!

That’s right, the professional musician turned Zuul, turned Terror Dog, turned mother of the human vessel for the return of Vigo: Scourge of Carpathia, will be facing off against whatever the latest terror of New York City turns out to be in the upcoming film! Parade’s interview with Sigourney Weaver might have spoiled a few surprises with this announcement, but the text surrounding her quote gives cause for even more excitement: read more

‘Ghost Adventures’ Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum is Already Being Impacted by ‘The Devil’s Rocking Chair’

Well, it didn’t take long for “The Devil’s Rocking Chair” to start causing trouble at Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum in Las Vegas.  According to an official tweet, the rocking chair stirred up so much paranormal activity, that the museum had to temporarily shut the exhibit down.

So we just shut-down a new exhibit @hauntedmuseum temporarily because of what just occured w/ staff & a guest… moments before we opened the exhibit me and my assistant witnessed a plug get yanked out of the wall socket by itself then the door to the chair opened slowly read more